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Sporting Event:Boxing Day Fireman v Fisherman at Scarborough South Bay

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Sporting Event, Sat 26 Dec 2020

Boxing Day Fireman v Fisherman

Boxing Day Fireman v Fisherman

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Every year people congregate on the South Bay beach in Scarborough. They watch the Fishermen versus the Firemen football match and then usually move on to the Harbour quayside to watch the Crazy Raft Race. Few know the history and origins of these traditions. Most wonder why the Fire Brigade play against the Fishermen! They just watch the comedy football match. Its all played in good humour though at times it resembles a rugby match rather than football. The half time is characterized by a team talk complete with cigarettes and cans of beer. At full time scores are settled and players from the opposing team are dragged down to the sea and dunked. The good humour continues in the local pubs throughout the day and night.

The day includes a march to the seafront entertained by the comic band, the ritual building of the mile of pennies, and ending with the famous Raft Race in the harbour.

The story begins in 1893 when huge storms raged on the North east coast. The gales began on the 16th November and continued till they reached Hurricane force on the 18th. There were many ships on the coast. In fact the whole of the Scarborough Fishing Fleet was at sea. Many were away from the heart of the storm in Scottish waters. Slowly the fishing smacks returned to port one by one.

Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCoach parties acceptedGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsTelephone (public)Accepts groups

Children welcome

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 26 Dec 2020

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Foreshore Road,
North Yorkshire,
YO11 1PD



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Directions to south bay when there are no major events taking place:
By Road:
Follow signs for Scarborough's South Bay.
From the South end of the bay you will come along Foreshore Road.
From Peasholm Park in the North Bay, go on seafront along Royal Albert Drive, Marine Drive and Sandside.

By Public transport:
There is a regular No.6 bus service from the town centre down to the West Pier in the South Bay (day time only). Current timetable at

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Scarborough station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome